Friday, January 18, 2008

My list is better than yours

Since I'm a copy-cat, Paul and I think alike, and because it was a neat idea, here's where I stand on the AFI's Top 100 movies (this is the original 1998 list):

* bold I've seen, red italics I'd like to see

1 Citizen Kane
2 Casablanca
3 The Godfather
4 Gone with the Wind
5 Lawrence of Arabia
6 The Wizard of Oz
7 The Graduate
8 On the Waterfront
9 Schindler's List
10 Singin' in the Rain
11 It's a Wonderful Life
12 Sunset Boulevard
13 The Bridge on the River Kwai
14 Some Like It Hot
15 Star Wars
16 All About Eve
17 The African Queen
18 Psycho
19 Chinatown
20 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
21 The Grapes of Wrath
22 2001: A Space Odyssey
23 The Maltese Falcon
24 Raging Bull
25 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
26 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
27 Bonnie and Clyde
28 Apocalypse Now
29 Rosemary's Baby
30 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
31 Annie Hall
32 The Godfather Part II
33 High Noon
34 To Kill a Mockingbird
35 It Happened One Night
36 Midnight Cowboy
37 The Best Years of Our Lives
38 Double Indemnity
39 Doctor Zhivago
40 North by Northwest
41 West Side Story
42 Rear Window
43 King Kong
44 The Birth of a Nation
45 A Streetcar Named Desire
46 A Clockwork Orange
47 Taxi Driver
48 Jaws
49 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
50 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
51 The Philadelphia Story
52 From Here to Eternity
53 Amadeus
54 All Quiet on the Western Front
55 The Sound of Music
56 M*A*S*H
57 The Third Man
58 Fantasia
59 Rebel Without a Cause
60 Raiders of the Lost Ark
61 Vertigo
62 Tootsie
63 Stagecoach
64 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
65 The Silence of the Lambs
66 Network
67 The Manchurian Candidate
68 An American in Paris
69 Shane
70 The French Connection
71 Forrest Gump
72 Ben-Hur
73 Wuthering Heights
74 The Gold Rush
75 Dances with Wolves
76 City Lights
77 American Graffiti
78 Rocky
79 The Deer Hunter
80 The Wild Bunch
81 Modern Times
82 Giant
83 Platoon
84 Fargo
85 Duck Soup
86 Mutiny on the Bounty
87 Frankenstein
88 Easy Rider
89 Patton
90 The Jazz Singer
91 My Fair Lady
92 A Place in the Sun
93 The Apartment
94 Goodfellas
95 Pulp Fiction
96 The Searchers
97 Bringing Up Baby
98 Unforgiven
99 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
100 Yankee Doodle Dandy


Paul Abbamondi said...

Hmm, not bad. You've definitely seen more flicks than me. No surprise there. But you should put One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in red italics. It's worth it.

1979 semi-finalist said...

Okay, you knew this was going to draw MY wrath right?

Movies that you simply MUST put in red italics:

Annie Hall, Network (a brilliant commentary on where our media actually did end up - this movie is so prophetic it's frightening), Taxi Driver, Clockwork Orange, King Kong, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Godfather Part II, Raging Bull, On The Waterfront, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (I agree with Paul), and THE GRADUATE!

You must add these if only so you have the necessary mental reference for the culture of our past..."I coulda been a contender"?! "mrs. robinson are you trying to seduce me"?! - the list goes on and on. Plus some of these (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Godfather Part II, On The Waterfront, etc.) are like quintessential ultimate badass kind of movies...the kind of movies that broke the mold, especially for the male badass...and totally reinvented it.

Okay, rant complete. Please go about your day...nothing to see here.

Neil Richard said...

And many of those I've seen parts of, just not the complete movie. I'm a big fan of TCM and AMC (despite them making me feel old by playing movies from the 90s). So I've seen a lot of chunks of these. So like, King Kong. I pretty much now what happens and I've even seen parts of it. But I don't think I've ever seen the whole thing.

Anyway, I should put everything in red italics that I haven't already seen, but the ones I marked were at the top of that list.

Fair enough?

cinda1212 said...

I'm with her... you have a LOT Of movies to watch. Quit working and get to watching!

Neil Richard said...

Quit working? Are you kidding? I love working 50 to 60 hours a week during tax season. It's great!